Volkswagen has confirmed that it will build its first convertible SUV, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, stating that it will be produced from the first half of 2020.
Production of the new convertible crossover will be taken care of by the Osnabrück plant, which is having an investment injection of over €80 million.
Volkswagen is expecting to sell around 20,000 T-Roc Cabriolets a year, and with the Osnabrück plant also producing the VW Tiguan and Porsche Cayman (plus part of the painting of the Skoda Fabia), the investment will help to streamline production further.
The new convertible SUV is based in part on the VW T-Cross Breeze concept car from 2016, which follows in the vein of the Range Rover Evoque convertible.
But Volkswagen’s main reason for announcing the T-Roc Cabriolet was to confirm that the the company is changing to suit the SUV-crazy landscape.
“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.
The company says that the T-Roc Cabriolet is “within the framework of its major model offensive”.
A press release stated that “SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group’s core brand”.
By the time the T-Roc Cabriolet is launched, Volkswagen is expecting to have 20 SUVs are part of its model range across the globe. It says that it expects to have SUVs account for 40 per cent of its volume, spruiking the success of the Tiguan as an example.
Around 720,000 Tiguans have been delivered to date, claiming that it’s one of the 10 best-selling models in the world and part the top three SUVs.